Exercise and happiness
Have you ever looked at everyone at the end of a high energy fitness class? Most people look like they can barely move another muscle, their body is tired, and sometimes they can barely stand up…. But almost everyone seems to have a bright and happy smile on their face! Why is this?
I am a Martial Arts and Fitness Kickboxing Instructor and I have taught and taken many types of fitness classes, and it seems that there are a lot of happy people that are involved in fitness activities. One big part of this is that when you exercise it releases endorphins and chemicals in your body like dopamine. These chemicals stimulate receptors in your brain and nervous system, making you feel good!
Also most fitness classes are goal oriented! Most people don’t just “go work out”…. There is a reason. Mostly for toning, health, and weight loss. People that are actively pursuing their goals and seeing results as they move closer to them, have a great feeling of confidence. A person that is not improving or making progress in any part of their life, may not have much reason to be happy. But someone who goes to the gym and is meeting small goals towards improving their health or weights loss has huge reason to be happy. Not only will this happiness follow into other areas of a person’s life, so will the effort. If you feel better you make more goals, and try harder in every aspect of your life. It’s kind of a snowball effect
Another main reason why people involve in these programs are so happy, is because they meet a lot of really cool people that share the same goal as them! In Martial Arts we say that a family is a group of people united by a common goal! So when you come to class, feel like you’re in a family atmosphere, and make great friend, you are bound to be happy. The friends that you make also help to hold you more accountable, so you are more likely to reach your goals that you set, and make it to class more, which means the snowball is still getting bigger
If you are interested in finding out more of the benefits of being healthy and active, please follow the links below, and if we can’t help you personally reach your fitness goals, then we would be happy to help you find someone who will!